Wallace McNeil

Male 1838 - 1922  (84 years)

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  • Name Wallace McNeil 
    Born ?? 31 Jan 1838  Landsdowne, Leeds County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Born 31 May 1838  Lansdowne, Leeds County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
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    Died 23 Dec 1922  Kitney, Leeds County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 26 Dec 1922 
    Person ID I02676  Julie Batzloff
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2021 

    Father Alexander McNeil,   b. 26 Feb 1806, Lansdowne, Leeds Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1871, Lansdowne, Leeds County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Abigail Kyes,   b. 14 Jun 1802, Lansdowne, Leeds County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1901, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 99 years) 
    Married Abt 1820  Lansdowne, Leeds, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 


      The rural community of Wilstead is situated about five miles east of Gananoque and straddles Highway #2.

      During its years of growth the passing of the time saw the establishment of a church, a school, a store, two blacksmith shops, a post office, a cheese factory and a cemetery.

      One of the first settlers in the area was Oliver Landon, a U.E. Loyalist from Litchfield, Connecticut, who settled in the township as early as 1787,

      Another early settler was Asahel Kyes, Mrs. Alexander McNeil, whose maiden name was Abigail Kyes, was born on 1802. When she was in her 97th year she recalled her experiences in the early days: “I remember that we lived in the woods. We worked hard to extend our clearing. Wolves and other animals were very troublesome, the wolves particularly, as they killed sheep and calves. They even killed a cow which my husband brought from Lower Canada. When the grain was ripening in the summer, my brothers and I spent the day from early morning till dark driving off the blackbirds and pegeons to save the crop.

      “We didn’t have many household articles, mostly just what we could make ourselves. We didn’t have carpets, curtains, stoves, or crockery. Dishes were scarce in those days, and there weren’t many knives or forks.”

      “We had to raise what food we had, but we would have wild animals and birds of course, Maple sugar was all we had for sweetening.”

      “We made our clothing from our own flax and wool which we carded, spun and wove ourselves. We made candles and soap. When the fire went out, we had to start a new one with a flint and steel.”

      “My father had one horse, Not everybody had a horse. When we needed flour or meal, I was put on the horse with a bag of wheat or corn or rye across the neck in front of me, and I road along eight miles to the nearest mill at Escott. There were six miles of woods to go through, without a living soul.

      “During the War of 1812 soldiers and others passed along the road, billeting themselves wherever it suited their convenience, frequently taking all the provisions on the premises”.

      My family and I have grown with the country. We have gradually acquired the comforts and conveniences of improved conditions. I think people were just as happy and contented then as now. We enjoyed life just as much because we didn’t know any other. But if the old settlers could be brought back and put into today’s homes, they would be bewildered and depressed. And if our fathers and mothers were put back in the old style they would be helpless and wretched.”

      Mrs. NcNeil died in November of 1901 at the age of 99 years and five months.

      There were other early settlers of the area too. James Halstead located on the bay which bears his name. He was soon followed by Harvey Stratton, John Croos ?, William Sturdivant, Thomas Howland, and George Cook. All these old settlers lived to see great changes as unbroken wilderness was changed to a thickly populated township.

      Another old Wilstead family were Edward and Barbara McCrone. Hugh McCronk was born at Loams, Ayrshire, Scotland on August 4th, 1812. He learned the at the blacksmith trade at Huslford, and on January 31st, 1843 he was married to Janet Hutcheson. He left Scotland in 1848 for Gananoque, and bought land at McCrone’s Corners upon his arrival here. He built a blacksmith shop. In 1849 Robert Wilson, who married a sister of Mrs. McCrone’s came out and bought part of the land from Mr. McCrone. The two of them worked at blacksmithing and became noted for the excellence of their work, particularly for the iron ploughs they made. They also made and sold many lumber wagons. Both worked hard, and in time became quite wealthy. In 1855 Mr. McCrone built the stone house on the hill behind the shop, and lived there fourteen years. In 1869 he sold out his property at the Corners and moved to Gananoque. He died in 1890.

      (Note to story above....The mill she mentions travelling to at Escott belonged to Henry Trickey who was married to her mother's sister Elizabeth Mosher. There really was very little in between the two places. She would have had to pass through Oliver Landon's little settlement (where her future husband also lived) but beyond that there might have been maybe a couple of houses. Most of the land in the township belonged to absentee landowners and was undeveloped for a long time.

      (Alan Lindsay)

      Subject: Re: Guild/Lambert website
      Date: 9/4/2008 6:05:55 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
      From: alindsay8@cogeco.ca
      Reply To:
      To: JBatzloff@aol.com

      Julie, Will see if I can help you on these.
      1. Abigail Kyes 14 June 1802- 20 Nov 1901 mar. Alexander McNeil 26. Feb. 1806-29 Sept. 1871.
      John Alexander mar. Sarah Ann Trickey
      Abraham mar. Margaret Landon
      Sarah Ann
      Wallace mar. Elizabeth Landon
      Bruce mar. Mary Ann Blythe
      Wm Henry mar. Agnes Jane Crea
      Margaret mar. ? Sheppard (would like to know more on this one)
      Mary Jane unmarried
      Abigail mar. Adam Beatty
      2. I don't recognize the name Laurie Abigail.
      3. This is a big one. Hope when I get it finished I hope it makes sense.
      Daniel Landon and Oliver Landon were brothers but Oliver was young enough to be Daniel's son.
      Daniel had a daughter Caroline who married Henry Plumb. They came to Canada with several of their children. Daniel also came. Supposedly he walked from the area around Albany NY to lived with another dau. Sarah Baldwin who was living in Lansdowne. Daniel appears on the census of 1813. Sarah Baldwin and Caroline Plumb were about the same age as their uncle Oliver Landon.
      Of Henry and Caroline Plumb's children:
      Parney married Timothy Guild
      Patience (Patty) married Erastus Landon son of Oliver Landon. Some histories say he was Augustus Landon but that is incorrect.
      Augustus Plumb mar. Anna Huntley
      Festus Plumb mar. Martha Huntley (more about these Huntleys later) Augustus and Festus both lived on farms later owned by my Landon family. They went to WI but Anna is buried in Lansdowne Cem.

      Of Oliver and Aner Landon's Children:
      Erastus mar. Patience Plumb (see above)
      William Henry mar. Thankful ? their son Charles (my gt-gt-grandfather) mar. Eleanor Yates
      Simcoe Landon mar. Mary Kyes
      Joseph Landon mar. Elizabeth?-their dau. Anna mar. Henry Kyes
      The two Landon women Elizabeth and Margaret who married Abigail McNeil's sons in question 1 were granddaughters of either William Henry or Oliver Jr. Their father was William and there is some question as to which of these two sons of Oliver Sr he belonged to. I favour Wm Henry as Oliver Jr. did not have any sons on the census of 1805 and this William was born before that.

      Asahel Kyes mar. Sarah Mosher
      Their children:
      Ephriam mar. Esther Friermouth (yours)
      Thomas Marshall mar. Eliza Dockham
      John mar. Weighty Huntley (sister of Martha and Anna who married the Plumb men)
      Henry Kyes mar. Anna Landon d/o Joseph (above)
      Elizabeth mar. Perry Kenyon (ancestors of Diane O'keefe on the Guild site)
      Abigail mar. Alexander McNeil
      Mary mar. Simcoe Landon (above)

      Sarah Mosher Kyes then mar. ca. 1819 Thomas Yates
      Eleanor Yates mar. Charles Landon (above) she would be a half sister to all the Kyes children.

      Charles Landon and Anna Landon would be nephew and niece of Simcoe Landon. Simcoe and their fathers William Henry and Joseph Landon would be 1st cousins of Parney Plumb's mother Caroline Landon.

      Wow. I hope this makes sense. Let me know if there is anything that is screwed up. I made 3 trees to try to figure it all out and am never sure I got it right. These people all lived within about 2 miles of each other and it explains why they all intermarried.

      I don't have anything on Mrs. Joseph Moxley. On the census of 1911 they are living in Marquette area of Manitoba. Joseph, Janet A., and sons Roswell Harry and Carman. In 1901 Roswell is 8 and Carman is 6. There is no one in that family now that would know anything about them that I can think of. The daughters of her sister Bertha Kyes are long gone and I don't know of any of the children that would be of any help. I think I told you I would check to see if there was an obit in the Gananoque paper. I must get my act together and get down to Gananoque. There are reels of the paper here in Kingston but no index. Good excuse to go to Gananoque at any rate.

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: JBatzloff@aol.com
      To: alindsay8@cogeco.ca
      Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2008 1:57 PM
      Subject: Guild/Lambert website

      Hello Alan, I have a questions for you.

      1) Did Abigail Kyes marry to John McNeil????? (I show John Alexander McNeil as a son of Alexander McNeil and Abigail Kyes)

      2) Is Laurie Abigail the same person as in Abigail Kyes????

      3) How does Parney Plumb Guild relate to the Kyes / Yates family (related to the Landons)

      4) Do you have anything on Mrs. Joseph Moxley who married Jennie A. Kyes

      Thanks, please send along any notes you have the on Kyes family, especially any obituary clippings.

      Julie Batzloff


    Family ID F0588  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Landon,   d. UNKNOWN 
     1. Elizabeth McNeil,   b. Abt 1873, Lansdowne, Leeds County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. UNKNOWN
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2021 
    Family ID F1528  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart